Iced Tea Tips
Tip 1: Choose a high quality tea (preferably loose tea)
Your iced tea will have a much better flavour if you use a high quality loose leaf tea instead of tea bags.
Tip 2: Brew your tea much stronger than hot tea
Once ice is added, the tea becomes diluted and will taste weak (see bonus tip below). Use twice the amount of loose leaf tea or tea bags that you would normally use.
Tip 3: Steep for the same amount of time as your hot teas.
Tip 4: Use filtered water or spring water
Tip 5: Add Sugar or Sweetener while hot
Be sure to add your sugar or sweetener while the tea is hot. This will ensure the sweetener dissolves evenly and fully.
Tip 6: Cool the tea before refrigerating
Allow the tea to cool to room temperature for about an hour before refrigerating. This will also prevent the tea from becoming cloudy.
Tip 7: Store your iced tea in sealed glass containers
Both plastic and metal containers will give unwanted flavours to your iced tea. Plastic containers absorb and release flavours and smells while metal containers can give your iced tea a metallic flavour.
The container should be sealed because the iced tea can also pick up flavours from your refrigerator.
Tip 8: Add real fruit, herbs, lemons or limes to enhance your iced tea
Adding fruit, herbs, lemons or limes to your iced tea will add some extra flavour and give your iced tea a beautiful appearance. Reminder, black tea is a natural indicator and will become lighter in appearance if you add lemon or lime juice which are acidic.